Tiny Thomas More College class urged to be courageous
Two seniors laugh during Saturday's graduation at the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, where 16 graduates obtained degrees. (KIMBERLY HOUGHTON/Union Leader)
For the past four years, students of the Class of 2013 at Merrimack's quaint Catholic college have been preparing for the day they receive their diplomas and enter the real world, according to William Fahey, president of the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts.
"My simple hope is that my words do not ring hollow," he told the classmates, encouraging them to exercise courage and fortitude in order to obtain goodness.
"Our education is not for citizenship," stressed Fahey.
He encouraged the seniors to face what might seem dreadful, be aware of their vulnerability and embrace change.
The 16 graduates sat and listened, laughed and cried during the commencement exercises, as their parents and friends cheered them on for accomplishing a four-year journey filled with unforgettable experiences and tradition.
"Time is filled with eternity," he told the graduates, saying it can often be frenzied.
While that may sound like a cliché, he encouraged those in attendance to appreciate "the fullness of time," as every second brings each individual closer to the eternal kingdom of God.
But above all, Esolen said he wished that each senior would feel joy for eternity.
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